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Kona Remote 160 Range Review

Kona Remote 160 Review

Price:

£5,699.00

Finance from:

£118.73/month (0% APR)

Average Customer Rating:
  • Dialled geometry
  • Shimano power
  • Quality Maxxis tyres
  • Only one model
  • Alloy frame only
  • No women’s specific bike

Discipline:

Electric Mountain Bike

Usage:

Enduro and aggressive trail

Weight:

52 lbs / 23 kg *


The Remote 160 is a very capable e bike that is great for taking on challenging trails without leaving you feeling over biked on mellower tracks.

Updated: 2nd September 2019

Overview

The Remote 160 we review here is Kona’s first enduro e bike. This new electric mountain bike is an evolution of the very popular Process platform. Powered by Shimano the Remote 160 offers a ride that is close to a regular enduro bike but one with pedal assist to help you ride further.

There is just one model in the range but Kona has got the perfect balance between performance and affordability, so the performance is spot on for most riders. Nice touches like the dual compound Maxxis tyres show how well thought out this bike is.

*Kona Remote 160 - Size Medium tested, with pedals

Kona Remote 160

Frame

Dialled enduro geometry

Made from butted 6061 aluminium alloy it is easy to see how the Process DNA is infused into the Remote 160. The chainstays are a little longer than the Process but they are very short for an e bike. This is thanks to the compact nature of the Shimano motor which means that the designers haven’t had to compromise very much to give this bike a powerful boost.

The rear travel is a little longer and the head tube angle a little slacker which gives the Remote a confident feel on the trail even when the going gets rough and fast. The battery pack is neatly integrated into the down tube and there is room for a bottle cage in the front triangle.

Process DNA is infused into the Remote 160

Kona Remote 160 Geometry(Click to expand)

 

Small

Medium

Large

X Large

Seat Tube Length (cm)

385

410

450

485

Top Tube Length (cm)

579

606

635

674

Reach (cm)

425

450

475

510

Stack (cm)

615

620

629

638

Standover (cm)

743

759

755

770

Head Tube Angle

65°

65°

65°

65°

Head Tube Length (cm)

115

120

130

140

Seat Tube Angle

75.9°

75.9°

75.7°

75.6°

Chainstay Length (cm)

435

435

435

435

BB Drop (cm)

15

15

15

15

BB Height (cm)

345

345

345

345

Wheelbase (cm)

1196

1223

1252

1291

Front Centre (cm)

761

778

818

857

Fork Length (cm)

571

571

571

571

Fork Offset (cm)

51

51

51

51


Kona Remote 160

Suspension

160mm front and rear

The hard hitting RockShox suspension is perfectly matched to the nature of the bike

In keeping with its enduro ambitions, the Remote 160 is fitted with hard-hitting suspension components. Up front, the RockShox Lyric Select fork with Charger damper and DebonAir spring offers 160mm of travel and soaks up the hits with ease. Considering the extra weight of motor and battery the Lyric is actually a good choice for trail riding on an e bike.

A RockShox Super Deluxe Select shock takes care of the 160mm of rear travel. With a piggyback oil reservoir this shock offers consistent performance on long, rough trails, soaking up all the bumps. The high-volume tyres and extra weight of the bike all help to make the bike feel very stable and planted when hard charging over challenging terrain.

Kona Remote 160

Drive Tech

Shimano Steps E8000

While not the most powerful e bike motor the Shimano Steps E8000 system does offer a very natural feel. The motor boosts your natural pedalling power in a very intuitive way. It feels more like you have extra powerful legs than motor is doing all the work.

The Shimano display is a highlight, it’s subtle yet very easy to read and is tucked out of harm next to the stem rather than on top of it. The three riding modes are easily selected from the handlebar mounted remote switch. Eco will give you the longest range while boost gives you full power for those very steep climbs. The trail setting reacts to your pedalling input offering a very intuitive feel. The 504Wh battery pack is tucked neatly under the downtube.

When it comes to power delivery, [the Steps E8000 is] the most sophisticated and organic feeling e-mountain bike system I’ve experienced to date
Bicycling.com

Kona Remote 160

Groupset

SRAM Eagle

Plus sized for e biking

The groupset on the Remote 160 is well thought out. It’s not flashy but everything works just as it should. The SRAM Eagle drivetrain gives you a very wide range of gears and the single click shifter helps to preserve the chain and cassette when shifting under load. The SRAM Code R brakes give you DH levels of stopping power and are just what you need on a hard charging e bike. The rest of the finishing kit is all good-quality and the action of the Trans-X dropper post is very smooth.

Kona Remote 160

Wheels

Maxxis Minion tyres are a highlight

Like many other full sus electric mountain bikes, the Remote 160 rolls on 27.5” wheels with plus sized tyres. This set up is ideal for e biking as the extra volume of the tyres works really well with the extra weight. The 2.8” Maxxis Minion tyres are ideal for riding challenging trails and its great to see them fitted to the Remote 160. The wide WTB i35 rims offer good support for the wide tyres and are laced to reliable Formula hubs.

Maxxis Minion tyres are a highlight

Kona Remote 160

Best for

Trail and enduro riding

The Remote 160 is a very capable e bike that is great for taking on challenging trails without leaving you feeling over biked on mellower tracks. With its confident geometry and hard-hitting components combined with Shimano pedal assist power, this is a 160 is a performance-based e bike ready for big adventures.

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Kona Remote 160 range models

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